March 21, 2011

Patched Jean Update

I like how this looks, I love the frayed edges a lot.

The patch has held up fairly well, however the inside is quite frayed and unstuck around the edge. Over all I am happy I have gotten a few extra months of use out of these jeans and they are still holding up.

March 10, 2011

Home Made Apple Butter... The Easy Way

Oven Method Apple Butter

Any one who has ever bought apple butter at a farmers market knows it can be pricey, It really does not have to be.  for the price of a jar of unsweetened apple sauce ( a little over a dollar) you can have a wonderful jar of apple butter to enjoy at any time.

If you have tiered to make apple butter before you have probably had a pot of apples on the stove top and was stirring for ever!  there is no need, I will show you how.

To start all you will need is a jar of unsweetened apple sauce and any spices you might like to add  such as cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves...remember less is more since the flavours will concentrate in the final product, I actually like using just apple sauce.

Step 1  mix apple sauce and any spices into an oven proof casserole. for one jar of apple sauce you want no more than a tablespoon of spices.

Step 2 Place in oven at 200F and set timer for 30-45 min.

Step 3 Stir every 30 min or so for the next few hours 2 to 4 hours.

Step 4 once the apple sauce has thickened and become about half the volume you will still place in sterilized preserve jars and heat process just as you would jam, I always error on the side of a little too long it is not going to hurt it. (I processed for 15 min)

Step 5 Enjoy this batch made one and one half pint jars. but you could easily up scale this recipe and make a huge pot with a few jars of apple sauce or fresh apples when they are in season from home-made apple sauce.

March 08, 2011

Hat update...

The Happy Recipient

The pink ruffle hat has made it to its recipient.

The only issue is that she insists on wearing it with her red coat! 

March 01, 2011

Steel Cut Oats...For Quick and Easy Morning Breakfasts

You can have a hot bowl of home cooked steel Cuts oats every morning of the week if you would like.
It is actually really easy to do.

I do this on a Sunday evening and then for the rest of the week all I have to do is  reheat it in the microwave and add milk and toppings/flavourings of my choice.  This week I made a half batch enough for two or three mornings in the coming week. this recipe can be easily double and altered to meet you tastes and needs.

Sunday Night recipe

1/2 C Steel Cut  Oats ( or similar multi grain and oats cereal form the bulk food store)
1/4 C Nuts of your choice (walnuts, slivered almonds...)
1-2 Tbls Sunflower Seeds
1 Tbls Ground Flax seed (not pictured here)
1 Tbls Chia seeds
Rice/Vegetable steamer ( I got mine for about 5$ at a thrift shop) 
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Storage container

Step One 
Chia seeds on left Flax seed on right

Place all dry ingredients into the bowl of the rice steamer.

Note that all ingredients except the oats are optional.

Step Two

Mix up all Dry ingredients.

Step Three

Add water to the bowl for a 1/2 Cup of oats I use 1 Cup of water.  You may need to alter the amount of water you add,   I use the ratio for rice and  alter it accordingly.   eg.   for rice you would normally use 1 part rice to 2 parts water. and for the cooker you use one part rice 1 and a half parts water

so for the steel cuts oats you would use one part rice 2 -3 parts water.  I find 2 parts water works well.

Step Four

Add water to the base of the steamer and cook for 45 min to an hour it may take a little longer if you are cooking a full cup of oats.

Step Five

This is what you want your oat meal to look like when it is done.  Basically all the water should be absorbed,  a little water is OK,  it is hard to dry this out because the water in the base will be still there and keeping the oatmeal moist so if you cook a little to long it should still be fine.

now place your oatmeal in a container and store in the fridge.

Morning Recipe

Step One

Gather ingredients: Milk/Cream and toppings of your choice.

I like to add fresh fruit, home made chunky apple sauce, a little home made apple butter ( I'll be doing a recipe for this soon) maple syrupy, cinnamon and sugar, whatever you like really.

Step Two

Get the oatmeal out.
This is what it will look like in the container,  it will be one big clump but don't worry.

Step Three

Scoop out the amount you would like, really dont worry about how clumpy it is. (trust me)

Step Four

Break it up a little with your spoon and microwave for 2-4 min  I use the auto reheat button on my microwave.

Step Five

Add milk and stir.

See it is now longer clumpy after adding the milk.

Step Six

Top and enjoy.